10 Chandler Fashion Center
Anchored by Nordstrom, Dillard's, Macy's and Sears, Chandler Fashion Center also boasts 180 additional stores and eateries, including Coldwater Creek, Aeropostale, Godiva Chocolatier, Harry & David, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Occitane, J. Crew, J. Jill, and Barnes & Noble. In the midst of hitting the retail jackpot, take time to refuel at P.F. Changs, Mrs. Field's, McDonald's, Cold Stone Creamery, California Pizza Kitchen or Benihana. Upscale and family-friendly, this shopping center also features a 20-plex Harkins theater, a community room/conference facility, full-service concierge desk, City of Chandler visitor's information and valet parking. Visitors will also enjoy the Dancing Waters, a display of water, light and music. (480-812-8488)
9 Arizona Mills Mall
This light-filled shopping center is vibrant with color and well-designed store windows that constantly catch your eye. It's a terrific place for bargain-shoppers who want to get out of the heat and while away a few hours browsing. The stores offer something for everyone and include Gap Outlet, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Oshkosh B' Gosh Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Virgin Megastore, Old Navy, and Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet. You'll also find casual eateries and an IMAX theater if you need a break. (480-491-7300, 888-296-4557)
8 The Shops at Norterra
The Shops at Norterra is a 350,000-square-foot shopping center with more than 40 diverse shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The shopping center is located in scenic north Phoenix at the northeast corner of I-17 and Happy Valley Road, next to the USAA corporate campus. Stores include Christopher & Banks, Coldwater Creek, Dick's Sporting Goods, Fans and Fashionistas, Jos. A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Charming Charlie, Claire's Boutique, Dick's Sporting Goods, Exquisite Swimwear, Sour Apple Gallery, Sunglass Hut, and T Mobile. Restaurants include Ah-So Sushi, Bevmo, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, Elevate Coffee Company, Johnny Rockets, Mellow Mushroom, Olive Creations and more. (2460 W. Happy Valley)
7 Sear's Outlet
Attention all Phoenix discount shoppers, Sear's Outlet is a must-visit destination for any bargain shopper worth their weight in coupons. This is an excellent location for big ticket items such as home appliances, TVs, or furniture. Sear's Outlet is well stocked and features popular brand names, excellent customer service and support, and top-notch warranty programs. Whether your washer and dryer set needs to be replaced or you're in the market for a new mattress, Sear's Outlet offers high quality merchandise at substantially discounted prices. If you're the type of shopper with the requisite patience to patiently comb through rows and rows of apparel (and which bargain hunter doesn't?), consider the Sear's Outlet store in Phoenix a proverbial goldmine. Name brand women's, men's and children's apparel is here, minus the department store price tags. Whether you're shopping for comfy new shoes, housewares or appliances, this midtown Sears Outlet store delivers great prices and excellent service. ((602) 482-0950)
6 Outlets at Anthem
Just 25 miles north of downtown Phoenix lies this wallet-friendly outlet mall, drawing people from all around for great merchandise at bargain prices. The open-air complex offers a playground, a food court, an ATM, and a rental center for strollers and wheelchairs. This popular outlet mall is home to more than 60 name brand shops. Representative stores include Izod, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Jewelry, accessories, rugs, and perfume are also for sale at select venues. On-site amenities include Guest Services, food services, ATM, clean restrooms, complimentary wheelchairs and strollers, curbside unloading, covered parking areas, a mother's lounge, and free wi-fi. (623-465-9500, 888-482-5834)
5 Phoenix Premium Outlets
Phoenix Premium Outlets is the newest shopping destination in the Phoenix metro area. This upscale outlet center is home to over 90 stores including Coach, Armani, Michael Kors, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Adidas, Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Charlotte Russe, Columbia Sportswear, Converse, Dress Barn, Elie Tahari, Gap, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. The outdoor outlet center is mere minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the nearby suburb of Chandler, adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Groups receive added incentives, so plan ahead and bring your favorite shopping buddies. (480 327-6645)
4 E&J's Designer Shoe Outlets
Chic Scottsdale may not seem like a prime destination for discount shopping, but E&J's Designer Shoe Outlet proves that great buys are everyone's cup of tea. Upscale in ambiance but generous in savings, this discount shoe boutique features name brands and trendy styles without tapping out your budget. Designer footwear for men and women are neatly stocked by size, making it easy and fun to shop. Some of the big names you'll find at this Scottsdale shoe outlet include Stuart Weitzman, Donald Pliner, Cole Haan, Charles David, Anne Klein, Steve Madden for women and Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, ecco, and Sondro Moscoloni for men. Don't sacrifice style and quality for price. Head to this exclusive shoe outlet and grow your shoe collection without breaking the bank. ((480) 609-6905)
3 Last Chance Bargain Shoes & Apparel
If you have a weakness for beautiful shoes, but lack the budget to stock your shoe racks with the latest styles, consider Last Chance Bargain Shoes & Apparel in Phoenix your shoe savior. Gorgeous styles, famous brand names and cutting edge trends--all deeply discounted--make this a must-shop destination for fashionistas on a budget. Many items are discounted by as much as 80-90%. The inventory can vary throughout the week, with hit or miss shopping expeditions. Most diehard bargain shoppers choose to queue up on Saturday mornings for first look at the latest offerings. Casual window shoppers be forewarned: the atmosphere can be hectic, crowded and filled with eager shoppers scanning the racks for that perfect fit. However, if you're ready and willing to dive into the bargain bins, you'll be reward with quality shoes at rock bottom prices. ((602) 248-2843)
2 Factory Stores of America
If you're the type of shopper that never pays retail, you'll want to pay a visit to the Factory Stores of America. This sprawling outlet mall, situated at the eastern fringes of the Valley of the Sun, is a discount shopper's paradise. But even if you don't experience a small thrill every time you get a break from full retail price tags, the Factory Stores of America is simply a great shopping destination. The impressive roster of stores at this outlet mall includes Banister / Easy Spirit, Big Dogs, Book Warehouse, Bon Worth, Corningware Corelle Revere, Dress Barn , Factory Brand Shoes, Izod, KB Toy Liquidators, Kitchen Collection, Paper Factory, Rue 21, Samsonite Co. Store, Van Heusen, VF Outlet (featuring Vanity Fair, Lee, Wranger, JanSport, Lily of France, Vassarette, East Pak, and Best Form), and Vitamin World. Specialty shops include Creative Impressions, Creative Ice Cream, and All Star Music. The Factory Stores of America outlet mall in Mesa is a great place to find the latest in women's and men's apparel, housewares, and specialty items. Famous name brands meet discount prices at this popular outlet mall, where shopping becomes elevated to high art. ((480) 984-0697)
1 Tanger Outlets
The Tanger Outlet Center in west Phoenix offers shoppers a vast selection of brand name factory outlet stores, including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Levi's Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew and many more. Tanger Outlet malls are known for their first quality, in-season name-brand stores, so if you're looking for the latest in fashion, home decor, jewelry and gifts, you are likely to find it at this Wega-outlet shopping destination. The Tanger Outlets are located next to the Westgate Entertainment District at the 101 and Glendale. ((623) 877-9500)
About Patricia Escarcega
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.
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